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Dear Valued Patrons and Supporters of the CSULB College of the Arts:

The health and safety of our community, our campus, and our visitors are of paramount importance to our college and university leadership, faculty, and staff. As news and information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 – the respiratory infection caused by the virus – continues to develop, we wanted to update you on how our college is currently addressing those concerns in regards to our numerous public events.

Out of an abundance of caution, and to assist with the state-wide recommendations for social distancing, our performance, exhibition, and public event calendar has been adjusted in the following ways:

  • The School of Art has canceled all Sunday evening public openings for its galleries and is in discussions regarding how to handle the schedule of weekly student exhibitions
  • The Department of Dance has suspended all ticket sales and has canceled its remaining spring performances
  • The Department of Design will offer the remaining Duncan Anderson Design Lectures online and has postponed its Works in Progress exhibitions through April 20
  • The Department of Film and Electronic Arts currently has no large group gatherings scheduled until May
  • The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music has suspended ticket sales for all performances, and has announced the cancellation of all large ensemble performances through March, along with the cancellation of select performances in April
  • The Department of Theatre Arts has canceled or postponed all public performances after March 11 through April 20
  • The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum is maintaining regular open hours for Gyre through March 28, but has canceled the March 17 Mindful Meditation session.
  • For the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, please visit their information page:

Our ticket exchange/refund policies have been relaxed in response to current events. Please contact our Ticket Service Office at for Theatre Arts/California Repertory Company performances or for all other College of the Arts performances.

University and college leadership continues to evaluate the situation as it evolves on a daily basis and the university is in regular communication with our local government offices. Should there be any changes to our schedules and our status, we will keep you informed. We value and appreciate your support and patronage, and your love for the arts.  And we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenges together.

For complete information on the University response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), please see



Carpenter Center Cabaret Series

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Streisand Songbook

Wednesday-Thursday, March 11-12          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Performance begins at 7pm/Dinner served at 6pm

Singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the music of one of America’s most powerful musical artists, singing timeless classics from five decades of Streisand’s multifaceted career. Callaway puts her pop/jazz spin on the unforgettable songs of the Streisand songbook in a musical portrait of the iconic performer.


EVENTS LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED - Please visit the Carpenter Center website for current status and information

An Evening with Anne Lamott

Saturday, March 14 at 8pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Utterly disarming and laugh-out-loud funny, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. With wisdom and forthrightness, she is “a writer who has perfected the art of saying the unsayable,” (The New York Times). In this evening, Anne Lamott lifts, comforts and inspires—all while keeping us laughing.


Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and Carpenter Center Arts For Life

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, March 18 at 8pm        
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

In this special concert, Moni Simeonov (Director of String Studies) will take the stage for the virtuosic violin concerto no. 1 by Shostakovich, a piece full of energy and drive. Contrasting the Shostakovich concerto will be Franz Schmidt's elegiac Symphony no. 4 featuring horn, trumpet and cello in haunting solos.


Carpenter Center Arts For Life Series

Versa-Style Dance Company

Friday, March 20 at 7pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

This highly energetic ensemble fuses dance styles that have cultural significance to local communities. Dances include Hip-Hop, Popping, Locking, Whacking, and Boogaloo as well as Afro-Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Afro-Cuban.


Drum Tao 2020

Saturday, April 18 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Combining highly physical taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of this all-new production deliver an unforgettable, pulsating production that has audiences and critics raving about their “extraordinary talent.” (Chicago Tribune)


Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

The Doo Wop Project

Sunday, April 19 at 2pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

From the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today, The Doo Wop Project takes us on a journey from the Belmonts through Smokey Robinson, all the way to Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring stars of Broadway hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the DWP reimagines some of the greatest music in American history!


Carpenter Center Arts For Life Free Lecture Series

Cultura – Celebration of Mexican Folklore

Thursday, April 23 at 7pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

Dr. Antonia Garcia-Orozco will provide context to the Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano performances.


Carpenter Center

An Evening with Bill Nye, The Science Guy

Saturday, April 25 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Scientist. Engineer. Comedian. Author. Inventor. Bill Nye is on a mission to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Audiences revere this good-natured Renaissance man’s infectious blend of humor, intellectual curiosity and devotion to solving some of the world’s most complex challenges through science. Best known for his Emmy-winning run as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the author of The New York Times bestselling book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, Nye brings his love of science and flair for comedy to every appearance—deftly translating complex issues to help inspire audiences to engage with and improve our world.


Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers: The Soul of Mexico

Sunday, May 3 at 6pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

It’s never too early to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Join America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Grammy-nominated Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, along with classically trained protégés the Villalobos Brothers for an evening of incredible musicianship and vitality. The Villalobos Brothers bring jazz harmonies and classical virtuosity to Mexican folk music and have collaborated with artists from Bruce Springsteen to Regina Carter. Mariachi Reyna have performed for Oprah and Barack and Michelle Obama and delight audiences everywhere with their groundbreaking contributions to mariachi!


Carpenter Center Dance Series

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano

Saturday, May 16 at 8pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company, bring their graceful choreography and colorful, elaborate costumes to Carpenter Center. Sharing the stage is Jarabe Mexicano, whose dramatic, harmonized vocals have gained them acclaim across the country. A joyride through the songbook of Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Tex-Mex, including a special performance to “Remember Me” from Disney’s Coco, the two Southern California break-out ensembles join together for a joyous, one-of-a-kind performance.